Curcuma zedoaria

(Christmann) Roscoe

Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 8: 354. 1807.

Common names: Zedoary
Basionym: Amomum zedoaria Christmann in G. F. Christmann and G. W. F. Panzer, Vollst. Pflanzensyst. 5: 12. 1779
Synonyms: Curcuma pallida Loureiro
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.
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Leaf blades narrowly ovate or elliptical, 45–67 × 15–22 cm. Inflorescences erect, 11–23 × 5–10 cm; bracts of main axis whitish proximally, green (proximal bracts) or pink (distal bracts) distally; proximal bracts ovate to rectangular, deeply saccate, 4–4.5 × 4 cm, apex obtuse or truncate-apiculate; distal bracts narrowly ovate, 8–9 × 4–4.5 cm, apex rounded. Flowers: perianth white or spotted with purple; staminodes pale yellow with yellow streak down center of lip.

Phenology: Flowering spring (May).
Habitat: Disturbed lakeshore
Elevation: 50 m


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Introduced; Fla., native, Asia (ne India).


Curcuma zedoaria is grown commercially in Asia for its starchy rhizome, which is used as a condiment or tonic.

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Lower Taxa

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Alan T. Whittemore +
(Christmann) Roscoe +
Amomum zedoaria +
Zedoary +
Fla. +, native +  and Asia (ne India). +
Disturbed lakeshore +
Flowering spring (May). +
Transactions of the Linnean Society of London +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Curcuma pallida +
Curcuma zedoaria +
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